NJ LEEP is a college access and success program for low-income and first-generation students from the greater Newark area. NJ LEEP currently serves 75 middle school students (with the program growing to serve 110 middle school students in 2021), 140 high school students, 120 college students, and more than 250 family members annually. We help students perform at high academic levels by building skills through law-related and other educational programs, developing the habits necessary for college success and community leadership, and offering exposure to colleges, careers, and role models who have achieved professional success. NJ LEEP’s model is challenging and rigorous and 100% of NJ LEEP program graduates have gone on to college. NJ LEEP strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We are committed to anti-racist principles and are actively engaged in the work of those principles, including staff trainings and creating space for dialogue around race and identity for both staff and students. For more information about our work, please go to www.njleep.org.
The summer instructors work with highly motivated middle school students in the NJ LEEP Middle School Program, delivering highly interactive and student-centered lessons. The program runs for six weeks and requires a commitment of 40 hours per week from June 28th to August 6th (1 week of training and 5 weeks of programming). Due to COVID, the summer program will be held virtually for 2021. The summer instructor positions are seasonal roles. Six summer instructors are needed: three for Math and three for English Language Arts. Additionally, all instructors will be responsible for implementing and facilitating our Social-Emotional Learning and Project-Based Learning curriculums (all lesson plans will be provided). These positions report to NJ LEEP’s Middle School Program Manager
● Use provided middle school curriculum to plan and deliver highly engaging lessons for students. All syllabi, lesson plans, student handouts, and rubrics/grading guidelines will be provided.
● Instructors are responsible for customizing elements of their lesson plans for their classes.
● Facilitate Project-Based Learning experiences to ensure authentic learning and development of research and public speaking skills.
● Lead Social-Emotional Learning instruction using the provided curriculum in collaboration with Teaching Assistants
● Collaborate with fellow instructors to ensure a coherent learning experience for students.
● Maintain regular communication with program constituencies including students and their families, and NJ LEEP staff.
● Collect and analyze student data to track learning progress.
● Submit performance records and program documents in a timely manner.
● Curate all lesson plans and presentation materials in shared program folder.
● Instructors are responsible for using our online learning platform, Blackbaud, to track and input homework completion, attendance, and test grades, as well as provide feedback on student work.
● Suggest revisions for subsequent iterations of middle school curriculum.
Candidates for this position must have unwavering confidence in the ability of first-generation and low-income students to achieve at high levels, as well as a belief in their own self-efficacy as a teacher. They should embody a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning while modeling the same values of integrity, responsibility, excellence, and leadership NJ LEEP seeks to foster in our students. Additionally, candidates should possess:
● NJ or NY State Certification in Mathematics or English Language Arts with a Middle School or Secondary School specialization
● Experience working with young people/communities who have been marginalized by existing systems, preferably in a middle school setting, preferably in a middle school setting
● Ability to engage students and teach effectively
● Willingness to guide/mentor teaching assistants to develop instructional and classroom management skills
● Strong organizational and time management skills
● Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and willing to be an active participant in NJ LEEP’s anti-racism work
● Must be available on all of the NJ LEEP summer program days without any prior scheduled commitments during the hours of program operation
NJ LEEP is a college access and success program for low-income and first-generation students from the greater Newark area. NJ LEEP currently serves 75 middle school students (with the program growing to serve 110…
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their experience in middle school teaching to Elyssa Wright with the subject line “MSP Summer Instructor.” Please specify whether the application is for math, ELA, or either. Applications received by March 12th will receive priority consideration.
Due to the volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.
NJ LEEP is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply. NJ LEEP does not discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or family status, veteran status or disability.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their experience in middle school teaching to Elyssa Wright with the subject line “MSP Summer…